Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. That downside risk was realized by Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (NYSEMKT:GDP) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 32%. That’s disappointing when you consider the market returned 11%. Because Goodrich Petroleum hasn’t been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs.
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During the last year Goodrich Petroleum grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.
When a company has just transitioned to profitability, earnings per share growth is not always the best way to look at the share price action. So it makes sense to check out some other factors.
Goodrich Petroleum’s revenue is actually up 118% over the last year. Since the fundamental metrics don’t readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.
You can see below how revenue has changed over time.
It is of course excellent to see how Goodrich Petroleum has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. Take a more thorough look at Goodrich Petroleum’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
While Goodrich Petroleum shareholders are down 32% for the year, the market itself is up 11%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 9.7% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Is Goodrich Petroleum cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Of course Goodrich Petroleum may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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